Safety in the US


The US can be a safe and welcoming place. It has a strong sense of community and people are happy to help. Nevertheless, it is important to take steps to help ensure you and your belongings remain safe. We take your welfare seriously.

INTO Centers

During orientation week, we’ll give you a 24-hour emergency phone number to reach the INTO center staff. Remember to save this in your phone. We hope you won’t need it, but it’s there if you do.

The INTO Centers located on campus are usually open Monday to Friday 8am-5pm. Check the exact opening times of your center, take note of the phone number and email address given to you in orientation week.

On campus

Each university we partner with has comprehensive campus security services dedicated to your safety. If you feel unsafe, need help or would like to report suspicious behavior, call the university campus security.


Oregon State University's (OSU) campus security can provide extra services for your safety such as personal escorts, vehicle jump-starts and building access assistance. Living in university residence halls? There are full-time Resident Directors who live there too and are there to help you. Need to walk somewhere at night? SafeRide is a free service for all OSU students that provides transport to, from or around campus at night. Simply book a ride!


Use SAFE Team, a free transport service to escort you safely to your destination.


George Mason University has its own full-service law enforcement agency on the Fairfax campus and a police cadet training program for students. Use Mason Watch — a crime and tip reporting app developed by the University police — to report anything suspicious. You can download the app for iOS and Android in the US. Mason Alert is the University’s system to send emergency notifications about school closings and safety warnings to students via text, email and telephone call.


Madison has one of the lowest crime rates in New Jersey. The university campus has its own dedicated Department of Public Safety which provides a 24-hour service to students.


Saint Louis University’s (SLU) Department of Public Safety (DPS) maintains campus safety with a staff of more than 80 public safety officers that patrol the campus, buildings and parking lots 24 hours a day. There are many emergency phone locations on campus that can connect with campus security with a touch of a button. SLU Ride is a service that provides scheduled shuttles as well as vehicle and walking safety escorts to students traveling on campus or nearby locations like the Metrolink. In the residence halls, 24-hour security desks assure that all residents show their SLU ID and guests have to be escorted by a resident. SLU’s University Emergency Notification System delivers texts, phone calls, emails and messages via social media to alert students during a campus wide emergency.


The University of Alabama (UAB) police department is compiled of 70 sworn officers and a special Student Housing precinct that provides safety and security to students on campus, in residence halls and in parking areas 24 hours a day. If you’re on campus late at night you can catch the Blazer Express which runs until midnight or book a late night, on-demand van service daily from 9pm to 5:30am. See something suspicious? There are 450 Help Phones on campus that can immediately put you in contact with UAB police with a press of a button. Sign up for UAB’S B-alert — a system that sends a voice call, SMS text message, email or all of the above to the entire campus in the event of an emergency. All residence halls require guests to show a photo ID and be escorted by a resident in order to gain access to the facility.


Despite being located in an urban setting in a major US city, Suffolk University takes student safety very seriously. University police and security forces work 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They take a collaborative approach with students, faculty and staff in order to provide a safe and secure environment. University police are located in the A level of the Sawyer building on campus, and students are encouraged to stop by for any public safety needs. Fire and medical services are also provided.

What to do in an emergency

We hope you won’t find yourself in an emergency situation but if you do, it’s important to know who to contact for help. Depending on the circumstances, you can:

  1. Call the INTO emergency number
  2. Call the University security/police
  3. For emergency police, fire and ambulance services anywhere in the US, dial 911.

USF, Drew also have emergency blue light phones placed around campus for quick contact with the university police department.

Campus safety

It's always a good idea to walk in groups

Safety tips for the US

Some simple, common-sense actions can help keep you and your belongs safe. Here are our top tips for staying safe in the US:

  1. Don't walk alone at night. Choose well-lit routes and avoid dark, quiet alleyways.
  2. Try to travel in groups. Walk with friends.
  3. Don't leave your items unattended. This includes communal areas such as the library or a cafe.
  4. Lock your bike through the frame (and wheels if possible) when left unattended.
  5. Lock your doors and windows in your house, apartment or dorm room.
  6. Lock your car and don't leave items on display in your car.
  7. Always keep your university ID on you.
  8. Don't carry a lot of cash on you or leave it in your dorm room. Keep it in your bank account.
  9. Keep emergency numbers saved on your phone. Better still, learn them by heart!
  10. Keep your passport and important documents locked in your room safe.
  11. Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, get out. Tell campus security if you are being harassed or experience any threats immediately.